DEXA Bone Densitometry
Bone Mineral Density Test (BMD or DEXA scan)
The only way to diagnose osteoporosis and determine risk for fracture is with a Bone Mineral Density test, which is accurate, painless and non-invasive. The Women's Imaging Center uses Dexa scanning of the spine and hip to screen and monitor for osteoporosis.
During a DEXA scan, you will lie fully clothed on a cushioned table. A technologist will be present to operate the scanner and assist you. DEXA scans are painless and require no injections, invasive procedures or sedation. The technologist may place special pads underneath or along your body to ensure proper positioning and comfort.
You will be asked to lie still for several minutes while the arm of the DEXA scanner passes over your body. You may hear a low humming noise during the scan. When the scan is complete, the technologist will help you off the table.
After The Exam
- A radiologist, specially trained to interpret bone density scans, will review your images.
- A diagnostic report will be sent to your physician, usually two to five days after your appointment.
- Your physician will consider the radiologist's interpretation of your scan in the context of your overall care.
What are we looking for?
Bone density studies are used to determine if a patient has low bone mineral density, which causes bones to weaken and have greater risk of fracture.